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A Music Educator Profile

A Commitment to Music Education

On any given day, Boston Conservatory faculty member Dr. Walter Pavasaris can be found teaching. At the Conservatory, his graduate string pedagogy and conducting classes are full of aspiring music educators who share stories and ask questions as he dives into topics like secondary instrumental method techniques and classroom teaching strategies. When he’s not prepping students to become music teachers themselves, Pavasaris is working with high school students in the Wellesley Public Schools (Wellesley, MA), where he serves as conductor and string teacher.

“I enjoy working with people of all ages and seek to share my love and passion of music making,” Pavasaris said. “I believe that our world needs this precious gift of music making, and that it makes us who we are—warm, sensitive and caring human beings.”

Pavasaris was inspired to pursue studies in music education because of the teachers he had when he was a student who nurtured his love of music. Earning his B.M.Ed from the Hartt College of Music and his M.M. in string instruments from the University of Michigan, Pavasaris worked for years as a music teacher before completing his D.Ed. as a teaching fellow at Boston University.

Prior to joining The Boston Conservatory as a full time faculty member in 2009, Pavasaris was the Director of Orchestras and a string teacher in Belmont Public Schools in Belmont, MA, and before that, served as Coordinator of Fine and Performing Arts for the Lexington Public Schools in Lexington, MA. Even after “retiring” from teaching in the public schools, he didn’t stay away for long, taking on the role of conductor/string educator for the current school year in Wellesley.

“Learning and teaching is a two way street,” Pavasaris explained. “By working in the public schools, I can stay engaged in the contemporary and ever-changing world of authentic music education.  I continue to hone my skills through my daily experiences in both settings.”

Even though working with different age groups can present different challenges, Pavasaris says he approaches each experience with the same energy, passion and level of commitment to the art of making music.

“As collegiate level teachers, we need to be ‘in the trenches’ working with students of all ages so that what we offer our students is a healthy and authentic combination of theoretical and ‘reality-based’ learning and teaching experiences.”

Because of his eagerness to be a life-long learner, Pavasaris plans to continue to lead by example and learn from his students just as much as they learn from him.

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